My research centers on persuasion as it relates to the communication of health information. Current projects involve an analysis of the role of interactivity in health-related Internet sites and a comparative content analysis of pro-anorexia and eating disorder treatment web sites. I am also studying the motivating properties of a fear arousing health appeal and the impact of health locus of control on message processing.
I received the Distinguished Faculty Award from Emerson College in 2005/2006 for my work on pro-anorexia web sites and have received an internal Faculty Advancement Grant for 2006 to analyze the content of discussion board interactions within the pro-anorexia community.
I received the SPN Action Teaching Award for my "Research in Community Action" assignment. This work was partly supported by a Seed Grant sponsored by the Office of Service Learning and Community Action at Emerson College.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Communication, Language
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Health Psychology
- Internet and Virtual Psychology
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Persuasion, Social Influence
- Aizen, I., Brown, T. C., & Rosenthal, L. H. (1996). Information bias in contingent valuation: Effects of personal relevance, quality of information, and motivational orientation. Journal of Environmental and Economic Management, 30, 43-57.
- Aizen, I., Rosenthal, L. H., & Brown, T. C. (2000). Effects of perceived fairness on willingness to pay. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 30, 2439-2450.
- Keller, S. N., Rosenthal, L. H., & Rosenthal, P. S. (under review). A comparison of pro-anorexia nad treatment web sites: A look at the Health Belief Model. Journal of Health Psychology.
- Rosenthal, L. H., Keller, S. N., & Rosenthal, P. S. (under review; revision & resubmission). Interactivity and social support: An analysis of persuasive communication features on pro-anorexia and anorexia treatment websites. International Journal of Eating Disorders.
- Staub, E., & Rosenthal, L. H. (1995). Mob violence: Cultural-societal sources, instigators, group processes, and participants. In L. Eron, J. Gentry, & P. Schlegel (Eds.), Reason to Hope: A Psychosocial Perspective on Violence and Youth (pp. 281-314). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
- Consumer Behavior
- Good and Evil
- Introduction to Psychology
- Organizational Behavior
- Personality Psychology
- Psychology of Personal Growth and Adjustment
- Research Methods
- Social Psychology
Lori H. Rosenthal
Department of Social Sciences
Newton, Massachusetts 02466
- Phone: (617) 243-2074